HOW TO DETECT THE DANGER SIGNS - ACCORDING TO THE HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE AT ROCKLEDGE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Loss of balance, headache or dizziness
One side of the face is drooping
Arm or leg weakness
Time to call for ambulance immediately
BE SURE TO WATCH FOR THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN:
- Chest discomfort (can feel like pressure or squeezing in the center of the chest)
- Pain in other parts of the body, such as back, neck, jaw, stomach and arms
- Shortness of breath with chest discomfort
- Other signs include cold sweats, vomiting and lightheadedness
Symptoms for Men
Men have a greater heart attack risk than women, and they experience attacks earlier in life. Risks can be lowered by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, managing stress, avoiding smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption. Some do not experience chest pain at all, and often, symptoms can come on slowly.
Symptoms for Women
Although the most common symptom is chest pain, women are more likely than men to experience other common symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea and other pains.